Amenities

Tennis Courts Baseball/Softball Fields Swimming Beaches Basketball Courts Fishing piers Grills Wading Pools Restrooms Art in the Park Soccer Fields Drinking fountains Play Area Hand Carry Boat Launches

About

Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming. 

Green Lake has multiple points of access for boats. The cove is 50' of shoreline at the eastern corner of Green Lake facing north, south of the East Green Lake Beach. East is 50' of shoreline along the eastern end of Green Lake at the foot of NE 64th St. West is located 50' of shoreline, northwest of Duck Island. The Small Craft Center has three low floats and adjacent shoreline at 5900 W Green Lake Way N. Priority use for these floats is reserved for Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation programs. 

Current Projects

Visit Green Lake Community Center & Pool Redevelopment to find out more about Green Lake Community Center projects and how to participate in the design process.

Green Lake Bathhouse Theater Electrical Upgrades

Seattle Parks and Recreation is making electrical improvements at the bathhouse including the aquatic areas, theater, and restrooms. Work includes new electrical service from W Green Lake Drive N to the bathhouse along the park's primary path.

We will be directionally boring under the trail to minimize impacts to trail use, trees, and to limit the amount of restoration needed with the utility installation.

Budget

Seattle Park District provides $440,000 for this project.

Schedule

Construction: March - September 2021
Completion: September 2021

For additional information about this electrical upgrade project please contact:
Katie Bang at Katie.Bang@seattle.gov or call (206) 673-7205

History

Green Lake's Formation
Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago.

Green Lake Park
The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers' comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the City by the State of Washington in 1905. Green Lake underwent a series of changes over the next 15 years- it was diked, dredged and filled until it shrunk by nearly 100 acres! The last fill deposited in Green Lake was from the excavation of Aurora Avenue.

Swimming Beaches

West Green Lake Beach

Closed for the season

East Green Lake Beach

Closed for the season

Pickleball Conversion Pilot

Seattle Parks and Recreation's Planning and Development Division lead a pilot project to implement lining of multiple tennis court sites for pickleball. The sites were lined for shared use by both pickleball and tennis players. There were no changes made to the tennis nets. The tennis court sites were selected based on demand for more pickleball and the following feasibility criteria: accessibility, current court use, existing court conditions, and equitable distribution.

The following courts were lined for pickleball:

  • Delridge Community Center in southwest district 
  • Walt Hundley Playfield in southeast district
  • Discovery Park Court in central-west district
  • Georgetown Playfield in south-central district 
  • Green Lake Park in central-north district  
  • Miller Community Center in central-east district 
  • Soundview Playfield in northwest district
  • South Park Community Center in southwest district

View the Pickleball Pilot Study Report here.